Mark – Revealing Our Ideal Servant

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

In the Gospel of Mark, we see Jesus Christ as the ideal servant who displayed and revealed the epitome of what it is to be a servant of God in his service to his fellow man.

Jesus Christ, God’s servant in the Gospel of Mark, was prophesied in Zechariah 3:8: “behold, I {God} will bring forth my servant the BRANCH.” The “branch” is the offspring of God, and God calls Jesus Christ “my servant” because throughout his life he served God unconditionally while continually giving his life in service to his fellow man.

Jesus displayed what was considered in the first century to be the lowest earthly position that a man could have (a servant), yet by doing so, Jesus showed to humanity the limits of what he was willing to do to redeem men and women back to God.

In Mark there is no genealogy recorded because a servant has no social standing based on his ancestors, but is rather accredited only by the service he would do.

In Mark’s Gospel there is very little fanfare in the form of salutations, and there are no details regarding his birth. In the first chapter (verse 9) Jesus goes right to work in his ministry as he served man with an inner quality of heavenly dignity.

Mark 10:43-45:
– 43: But so shall it not be among you {lording over people}: but whosoever will be great among you, shall be your minister {your servant}:
-44: And whosoever of you will be the chiefest, shall be servant of all.
-45: For even the Son of man {Jesus Christ} came not to be ministered unto {not to have people serve him}, but to minister {to serve as a servant}, and to give his life a ransom for many.

What caused this discourse that Jesus was having with his Apostles was that some of them wanted Jesus simply to grant them the highest positions as favors. When the other Apostles found out what they wanted Jesus to do for them, they all began arguing about who would be privileged in Jesus’ eyes to have the high positions.

Jesus began to teach them as only the servant of servants could teach, because he was their example as well as ours of what an ideal servant really is. He taught them that the more one would serve with the heart of service, then the greater or “the chiefest” he would become.

Then Jesus explains his own ministry (in verse 45), and how far Jesus would go in service, “to give his life a ransom for many.” The word “minister” literally means that the service one would render to another would be the kind of service that would bring benefits to both the recipient and the giver. Our English word deacon comes from the Greek word “minister,” which is used in the above verses.

In the Epistle of Ephesians, we see that no matter whether we work as a sanitary engineer or a NASA engineer, we could always look to the life of Jesus Christ and see the greatest example of a servant.

Ephesians 6:5-8:
-5: Servants, be obedient to them that are your masters according to the flesh {our bosses in the secular world}, with fear {respect and reverence} and trembling {having an eager concern to please}, in singleness of your heart, as {working, or serving} unto Christ;
-6: Not with eye-service, as menpleasers {making sure that someone sees you working}; but as the servants of Christ, doing the will of God from the heart;
-7: With good will doing service, as to the Lord, and not to men: {Because we are servants of God in the sense that we want to please Him, men will obviously benefit as well.}
-8: Knowing that whatsoever good thing any man doeth, the same shall he receive of the Lord {because we reap what we sow, Galatians 6:9}, whether he be bond or free.

We are in Christ’s stead today and as we discover God’s prophesied servant, Jesus Christ (Isaiah 42:1) exemplified in the Gospel of Mark, Jesus can reveal to us the spiritual realities that the greatest freedom in all of this life comes to men and women proportionally to their service for God in love. “As free, and not using your liberty {of spiritual freedom} for a cloak of maliciousness, but as the servants of God” (I Peter 2:16).

The Bible teaches that we are the children of God, His sons and daughters; however, as His beloved children we can become servants to our fellow man. With God’s calling and blessings, we are indeed His children and He is our Father; this is our vertical relationship to Him, however, horizontally to one another our relationships can be in service.

On account of us being the children of God, we may expect His blessings as we serve Him through following the examples of Our Ideal Servant – Jesus Christ.

Jesus of Nazareth

“God is the Author of His Word, Jesus Christ is the inspiration and the contiguous subject through all of God’s Word while the entire life of Jesus Christ from his birth to his ascension into heaven and his personal return fulfills the realities of God’s plan of Redemption for humanity. Through the Scriptures’ teaching we can learn about the Son of God who lived, died, and was raised at God’s behest to conquer temporal mortality, with the eternal results straightaway given to mortal beings who find Jesus of Nazareth.” ~LMJ~

God Is a Rewarder

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

In the Bible, the word “faith” is a word that means believing faith. When we hear the common phrase “have a little more faith,” what is actually implied from a biblical standpoint is that we believe in what the Scriptures declare, and then our faith, which is our believing faith, will begin to blossom from within. Romans 10:17 proclaims that “faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.” So if one has a lack of faith and is in need of “a little more faith,” then faith can be greatly enhanced by hearing the Word of God. Faith, pure believing faith, comes to the individual with everlasting benefits when he or she believes in what they will hear (or read) from the Bible.

Hebrews 11:6:   But without faith {believing faith,} it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.

The Book of Hebrews says that without believing faith it is impossible to please God. I sincerely wished that someone had shown this verse to me as a child because I could have saved countless hours trying to figure out how to be pleasing to the Creator. I never knew all that was required of me is to believe. By the simple decision of the mind to believe, I could have been pleasing to God all along. However, and thankfully, now I know how to be actively pleasing to God and how be rewarded for my believing.

With the simple first step of our belief that God exists, He begins rewarding us. This decision to believe in an unseen God is for some people a very difficult decision to make, and this is why we need God’s Word — because faith comes by hearing His Word. When we do believe that God is God and we seek Him out within His Word, He will abundantly reward that effort. Acts 17:27 says, “That they should seek the Lord, if haply they might feel after him, and find him, though he be not far from every one of us.” One reward is that we will find God to be a loving and forgiving Father and this is a present-tense reward that we can begin enjoying right now.

In Hebrews 12:2 we read that, “Jesus {is} the author and finisher of our faith,” which means that as we allow Jesus into our hearts, he will help us with our faith. So as we learn the Word of God, we will find details about our Savior and our own personal believing faith will be enhanced.

Matthew 6:33:   But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things {the things mentioned leading up to verse 33, clothing, food, and these things we need to live, and the righteousness of God Himself, and His kingdom} shall be added unto you.

At one time in my life I could not have fathomed receiving the kingdom of God, let alone everything else He gives (Romans 8:17). Then I discovered the author and finisher of my faith, Jesus Christ, and with him, my believing-faith began to grow effortlessly. The reason that we are encouraged to seek the kingdom of God — first, is because God “called you unto his kingdom and glory” (I Thessalonians 2:12). These are promises to and for those who diligently seek God first, as promised. All we need to do is believe, believe, and believe! Ephesians 3:20 says, “Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us” and that power in us is our believing faith, which energizes us exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think. As our own believing-faith grows, we will be enabled to believe in things that at one time in our lives we perhaps thought were impossible, yet with God, all things do become possible (Luke 18:27), as we with our believing-faith begin not only asking and seeking, but also receiving and enjoying, because God is a rewarder.

Matthew 7:7-8:
-7: Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you:
-8: For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.

The Christian lifestyle is certainly wonderful as we continue learning about the bountifulness of God and our believing faith unlocks the vast supplies of His heavenly storehouse. In Psalms 50:10 God says that He owns “cattle upon a thousand hills.” This is a small portion of God’s abundance and your inheritance. The implication of Psalms 50:10 is that God can afford to reward those who diligently seek Him.

Today, enjoy the search, experience the joy, and rejoice as you receive the riches of your heavenly Father through your believing-faith to receive, because God is a rewarder.

Genesis 15:1:  After these things the word of the LORD came unto Abram in a vision, saying, Fear not, Abram: I am thy shield, and thy exceeding great reward.

Ruth 2:12:   The LORD recompense thy work, and a full reward be given thee of the LORD God of Israel, under whose wings thou art come to trust.

“Think success, visualize success, and you will set in motion the power force of the realized wish. When the mental picture or attitude is strongly held, it actually seems to control conditions and circumstances.” ~Dr. Norman Vincent Peale~

The Knowledge of God, and of Jesus Our Lord

Grace and peace be multiplied unto you through the knowledge of God, and of Jesus our Lord. According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue- II Peter 1:2-3. What an honorable privilege we have to know Jesus as our personal Lord and Savior, and oh, how thankful we can become to have been given such wonderful understanding from the Word of God that reveals to our hearts the truth, the love, and the light of God Himself through the great revealer ― Jesus Christ.” ~LMJ~